A 28-year-old preg_nant woman from Zvishavane has appeared before the Zvishavane Magistrate’s Courts facing charges of fraud after she allegedly sold a car she didn’t have for more than US$2 000.
Melody Zvidzai of 576 Prince Street, Zvishavane pleaded not guilty when she appeared before Zvishavane magistrate Archie Wochiunga.
She was remanded in custody to Friday for commencement of full trial.
Magistrate Wochiunga advised Zvidzai to apply for bail at the High Court while the State carries out further investigations with other complainants that she allegedly duped in a similar manner.
Representing the State, prosecutor Lloyd Mavhiza told the court that on February 17 this year, Zvidzai sold a Honda Fit for US$1 500,00 to Patrick Mpofu knowing fully well that she had no such vehicle.
The court heard that on February 18 at her house, Zvidzai again demanded a top-up amounting to US$500 from Mpofu and told him that she would deliver the vehicle to him after the payment, but she did not.
On February 27, the accused demanded an additional $10 800 from Mpofu saying it was for registration plates and Mpofu paid the money.
After receiving the money, Zvidzai failed to deliver the vehicle as she did not have it. Mpofu inquired several times about the car and he never got a satisfactory answer.
He then reported the matter leading to Zvidzai’s arrest.